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A werewolf can recover from wounds that would be fatal to a human being, so it can be said they could suffer an unnaturaly long life span. If they aren't hunted down and killed by angry villagers, can a werewolf die of old age?

closed as not constructive by user56 Feb 21 '12 at 22:18

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    Which universe/canon? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 21 '12 at 18:28
  • @DVK This is a question seeking answers or examples from the broad spectrum of werewolf mythology. – Major Stackings Feb 21 '12 at 19:24
  • This question triggered a discussion in chat, starting here. I'm closing as not constructive, since each author can decide that his werewolves will die for however much he likes. – user56 Feb 21 '12 at 22:18
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Depends entirely on canon. I have seen different ranges, from:

  • 10 years from the date of conversion (Mercedes Thompson Series)

  • Normal human lifespan

  • Triple human lifespan seems to be a common trope

  • I've never heard of immortal werewolves, but Underworld's original one, William Corvinus, survived for 800 years fully intact, with seemingly no food/water to boot. There are implications that people with Corvinus Strain are immortal, but no proof AFAIK.

  • Werewolves in the Mercedes Thompson series are immortal. 10 years is just an average lifespan before another werewolf kills them in a fight. Also, old werewolves tend to go crazy and have to be killed. But Bran is at least 1300 and still looks like a teenager. – cjm Feb 21 '12 at 20:45
  • William Corvinus lived for about 1600 years. No one with an active Corvinus Strain has died of old age or even visibly aged past about 30 in over 1600 years. The werewolves in Underworld are immortal. – Molag Bal Apr 12 '16 at 20:24

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